Mother's Day Letter - 2021 Edition
Ah, Mother’s Day. A day you want to celebrate your amazing mom--especially after the craziness of the past year.
But what do you get her?
Whether you’re a broke student or have a great job, odds are you find gifting for Mom a challenge. If chocolates or flowers are all that your budget allows, it could feel like too little. If she doesn’t want or need anything at all, then you’re also stuck, whether you can afford something nice or not.
Sometimes, the most meaningful gifts cost nothing but your time and effort and mean more to her than even the most expensive presents. So, this year, why not pour your heart and soul into writing the perfect note to your mom?
The perfect gift: a Mother's Day Letter
Unsure about where to start? We’ve got ideas, quotes, tips, and tools to get your creative juices flowing, for writers and non-writers alike.
How to Write a Mother's Day Letter
Whether your letter will accompany another present or be a standalone gift, your goal is to make your mom feel special.
In your note for Mother's Day, the most important thing to keep in mind is that it should be personal, specific, and special. Other key considerations for the perfect Mother's Day letter include thinking through details like the following: what memories will you include? What you will write your letter on? Will it be typed or not? What quotes could you use?
Lastly, don't forget that you have free online writing tools available to help with things like the following: not missing the apostrophe in Mother's Day, articulating your heartfelt thoughts about your mom, and making sure your letter is free of "cringey" grammatical errors. Check out our full list of ideas, tips, and tools below.
Tips for writing your note to Mom:
- Take this opportunity to tell her something you've never said aloud--it can be funny, heartfelt, or anything that speaks to your relationship. Remind her of a favorite memory or something you love about her. You might feel like she knows these things already, but it will be a very powerful gesture to her for you to write it down.
Examples: Maybe she was a major source of support for you during your school years, always making herself available to listen to you work through problems or help you field ideas. Maybe you picked up a hobby of hers over the years, and she never knew it was because you saw her enjoy it so much. Maybe her words of wisdom helped you navigate a difficult situation in life.
2. Whatever memories or anecdotes you wish to share, make sure they highlight the love, gratitude, and respect you have for her. That embarrassing story of her from your last vacation may seem funny for you, but it may not be the best choice for making her feel special on Mother's Day.
3. Don't mess up the holiday name! To save you from having to double check or look it up:
DON'T FORGET THE APOSTROPHE in Mother's Day!
Wrong: Mothers Day
Right: Mother's Day
You want her to know you spent time and energy on this, so double check you've written this correctly. Thankfully, an apostrophe is pretty easy to sneak in if you did, at first, forget to add it.
4. Spend time articulating yourself. How you present memories is important because your goal is honor your mom with this note. Not great at writing in general? Try a writing tool like a paraphraser to help you visually build sentences to convey your love and admiration in exactly the way that you want. A paraphrasing tool is also helpful in generating new ideas for how to say something that is coming off as cliché.
5. Include a quote. Quotes add an extra level of detail and expression to your Mother's Day letter. After all, you are pointing out something that makes you think of your mother, or that communicates a feeling about her, speaks to your relationship, etc.
Mother's Day Quotes:
- “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” — Maya Angelou
- “The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” – James E. Faust
- "Mothers are like glue. Even when you can't see them, they're still holding the family together." – Susan Gale
- "Life doesn't come with a manual, it comes with a mother." – Unknown
- "When you look into your mother's eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth." – Mitch Albom
- “All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” — Abraham Lincoln
- "It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters" – Mother Teresa
- “My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was.” — Lisa Leslie
- "He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark." – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
- “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” — Princess Diana
- “If I have done anything in life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.” – Booker T. Washington
6. Proofread your letter. Drafting your letter first, especially if you're going the handwritten route, is a great idea, but even if you're going with your first pass, please, read it over for mistakes--especially for grammar and punctuation. These mistakes can make your writing unclear, and the last thing you want is for your message of love to be misunderstood or not understood at all.
Not sure about needing a comma here or there? Wondering whether you're misusing a word? Use a free online grammar checker to answer these kinds of questions, even if you're not planning on typing your letter. You can use this kind of tool for single words, phrases, or sentences that you're wondering about, without having to type your entire note. Alternatively, if you're typing your letter, it's very easy to give it a quick grammar check to make sure it is perfectly polished for your special mom.
7. Will you include a card? You have options here, and the route you should take will depend on your vision for your Mother's Day letter. Store-bought cards are great if you're short on time or aren't very crafty. There's nothing wrong with buying a card to go along with your letter or writing everything inside the card, especially if you know your note will fit within the confined space.
If you don't know how long your letter will be or you know you want to write her a page or two, plan to write a short note or joke in the actual card, while enclosing the longer letter in the same envelope.
You might also elect to make a card yourself with some craft supplies and a little elbow grease. Again, the pitfall of relying on any kind of card to hold your message is the small size of the writing area. However, if you think through this detail beforehand, you can avoid sloppy, small, and squished-together writing. You want her to be able to read it and cherish it for years to come, so when in doubt, draft it on a blank page to get a feel for how long it will be.
Not sure you want a card? That is also an option. If you plan to write a longer heartfelt letter to your mom, then just get your paper or stationary and an envelope. There are no rules that say a letter must have a card because they are both meant to convey a message. You can choose one or both.
8. Will your letter by handwritten or typed? Many moms really love a handwritten note, but if your handwriting is unreadable to begin with, you may want to just type it up, and sign the bottom. When thinking through this detail, keep in mind that a letter means less if she can't understand what it says.
If you have bad handwriting, but don't want to type it, draft the letter on a blank sheet of paper. When you've edited it to your heart's delight, you can hunker down, and slowly write it out as neatly as possible. Your handwriting is unique to you, which is why moms love to see it, so if you can do this rather than type it, it will add an extra level of love and care--especially if she knows how bad your handwriting usually is and the work it must have taken you to write legibly!
This is not to say a typed letter can't be heartfelt. Consider that if you do type your letter, you can add quotes, pictures, memes, drawings, and other details into your letter a lot more easily. Typed notes are also easier to grammar check and make neat. Why not go a step farther and use an online tool to make special stationary for your typed letter, too? The possibilities are endless!
9. Include a printed picture. Speaking of adding pictures, when was the last time you printed one for yourself or someone else? Few do this anymore, even though many stores print photos for next to nothing. Cute pics are taken and forgotten on our phones. That's why ordering a print or two online and including/enclosing it in your letter is another winning touch--and you can often pick up the prints in an hour or less.
10. How long should my note to Mom be? As long as your letter is loving and heartfelt, there is no need to aim for a word count. Write as much or as little as you want to in order to convey your message to Mom in a meaningful way.
11. When do you capitalize, Mom or mom? If you are talking directly to your mom, as in, "I love you, Mom!", then capitalize. If you're not sure, "Mom" should be interchangeable with your mother's name. Since, "I love you, Rhonda!" works, it's correct. Test our correct examples below using this method. Then, check your understanding with the incorrect examples.
Correct Examples: My mom is the best. I'm writing a note to Mom. My mom loves those candies! Your mom is so sweet, and so is my mom. Can I bring these to Mom?
All Moms deserve a special gift on Mother's Day. Test: "All Rhondas deserve..." Correction: All moms deserve a special gift on Mother's Day.
Writing a note to mom is easy. Test: "Writing a note to Rhonda is..." Correction: Writing a note to Mom is easy.
RECAP: What to write in a Mother's Day letter:
- Write about heartfelt memories, ones that will make her feel special (and not embarrassed).
- Get the holiday name right, and avoid common writing errors, which might make your sweet message unclear or awkward.
- Think through important details regarding what your note to Mom will be written on, how it will be presented, and what small touches you can include (e.g. quotes or printed pictures) to show her an extra-special level of detail this Mother's Day.
- Length doesn't matter nearly as much as the amount of love you put into your message.
Still short on inspiration? Below are some other ideas to think about for your Mother's Day letter writing:
- How has she helped you get through the pandemic?
- What is your favorite memory of her?
- What is something important that she has taught you?
- How did she shape the person you've become?
- What do you love or admire about her the most?
- How has she inspired you to push yourself, follow your dreams, persevere, etc.?
- What is something heartfelt that you want her to know but maybe have never told her?
- What are some plans you hope to make with her soon?
- What makes you think of her and smile?
- What are some things about her that make you especially grateful that she's your mom?
A personal note for Mother's Day is the perfect gift for any son or daughter to create and give. With a little planning and attention to detail, plus a whole lot of love, you can wow your mom with your heartfelt prose. There's no right or wrong way to do it--no necessary format or style. As long as you are honoring her, what she means to you, and/or showing her your gratitude, love, and respect, you are sure to create a great Mother's Day letter. Happy writing!